Sketchfest NYC 2011!

As sad as I am to have had to take this year off from producing – darn baby! – I will be performing in “101.9RXP Presents Sketch Rocks!” Wednesday night, June 8th at 11pm.  That’s the first night of the fest, which is 4 days this year! – June 8-11th!  For more information and this year’s schedule, go to www.sketchfestnyc.com.

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THREASE IS BACK!!

Back by popular demand, Grease 3: Threase (the show I wrote with Katherine Bryant Flaherty) is running Friday nights in February at the PIT’s new and amazing space at 123 East 24th Street, NYC.  We have 3 new cast members, a bunch of new jokes and the same ridiculous show that ran so well in October.  Get your tickets here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/127892

Here is a clip from the last production.  In this song, “What’s Under There,” Mandy, the foreign exchange student from Pakghanistan, arrives in Mr. Grady’s science class and is harassed through song by the T-Boners and Pink Labias of Schmydell High.  Enjoy:

 

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I have a kid. (no way) Way.

Hello there.  On November 18th, we had a kid.  She’s rad.  I am tired.  Her name is Georgia Mae.

I was performing up until the week before she was born.  It was pretty difficult, but I was lucky to have been a part of some great shows so I didn’t mind dragging my big pregnant self and my guitar around the city too much.  She wasn’t due until December 1st, but on November 17th, I took a really long, and rather uncomfortable walk across town, thinking to myself the whole way “This is my last walk.”  I expected the next 2 weeks to be filled with watching movies on the couch and indulging in ice cream binges while I anxiously awaited her arrival.  But at midnight that night – sploosh – and the rest is history.  I will say that I was probably the least graceful woman in childbirth ever.  But 9 hours of labor later, I had this cool little chick in my arms…

I did a show at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn on December 17th – it was my first night back and although I felt terribly guilty leaving her, I had an awesome time being me again.  Looking forward to finding out what 2011 has in store for me as a performer and mom.  Should be an interesting journey.  Stay tuned…

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Some Fun Shows before my water breaks…

Thursdays October 14, 21 and 28: Grease 3: Threase at The PIT |  8pm  |  $8  |  http://www.thepit-nyc.com

Wednesday, October 13th:  Opening for Cock Lorge and Uzimon at Mercury Lounge |  9:30pm  |  http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/5397

Monday, October 18th:  Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunholer at Littlefield  |  7:30pm  |  http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/18607

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Daily Brink’s Shayna Article… Fun!

The new online publication Daily Brink has posted an article and photos of me.  They also do an amazing job of plugging Grease 3: Threase.  The only thing they left out was how much of a collaboration G3 is with my BFF and partner in all things comedy Katherine Bryant Flaherty.  She co-wrote and co-produces G3 with me and I would be remiss to not give her the appropriate credit.  Even though I’m funnier, smarter and prettier.

Note the baby bump in the homepage photo…  That’s my kid!

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If Grease is the Word, Threase is the Thword!

So we will be running our production of Grease 3: Threase September 30 – October 28th, Thursday nights at 8pm at the PIT (People’s Improv Theatre).  Tickets are on sale now through the PIT’s website.

“Grease 3: Threase” is a modern day tribute to the worlds of Grease 1 and 2, where rambunctious, musical teens help assimilate the new foreign exchange student, all while preparing for this year’s talent show. Will she ever be cool enough to be a Pink Labia? Will the T-Boners ever stop being so cool? Back from summer break at Schmydell High, the T-Boners and the Pink Labias sing and dance their way through “senior year” while learning important lessons about friendship, pregnancy, laser tag and racial profiling.

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Hooray for the Gays!

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Grease 3: Threase

You read right, I am producing, performing and have written (with the amazing Katherine Bryant-Flaherty) a 3rd installment of Grease called Grease 3: Threase which we are premiering at Sketchfest NYC 2010.

Grease 3: Threase – June 11th at 9pm at Sketchfest NYC 2010

Just when you thought things couldn’t get greasier, sketch comedy group FEARSOME (with an array of very special guests) take you into the world of Grease 3: Threase – a story for the next generation of Grease fans.

Set in modern day at Shmydell High, the Pink Labias and T-Boners prepare for the high school talent show while learning lessons of love, laser tag and racial profiling. And yes – there will be singing.

Tickets are on sale now at http://sketchfestnyc.com/tickets

With FEARSOME (Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Shayna Ferm, Alex Goldberg, Jaime Hayes and Chris O’Connor) John Phillips, Amy Heidt, Livia Scott, Catia Ojeda, Jason Denuszek, Luke Manson and David Flaherty.

Directed by: Tom Wojtunik
Choreography by: Melinda Sharretts
Costume Design by: Michelle Holden
Written by: Katherine Bryant Flaherty and Shayna Ferm

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April 3rd – The Band Plays On

Shayna Ferm and the Upper Deckers is performing this Saturday night, April 3rd at Ace of Clubs for our friend Nate Kushner’s record release party.

8:00pm Shayna Ferm and the Upper Deckers
8:45 Dear Lions
9:45 Belikos
10:30 Law of the Sea (Nate’s band!)

Doors open at 7pm.  Cover is $10.  Oh, and I love you.

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Wanna vote for me for an ECNY award?

I’ve been nominated for an ECNY award, celebrating the comedic arts in New York City, for Best Musical Comedy Act.  You can see all the other nominees and vote here:

http://www.ecnyawards.com/vote/vote.php

I am honored to be in such rad company – Adira Amram, Mindy Raf, Snakes, and Stuckey & Murray.

And make sure to check your junk mail for the confirmation email.  You have to confirm in order for your vote to count.

Thanks!

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